The Christian's confidence and knowledge of the afterlife depend not upon the ability to gaze into the future, like some palm reader, but on looking back at the past to just two thousand years ago in the small region of Palestine. There, a man named Jesus claimed to be God—and proved it.
We often take for granted the fact that Jesus died to save us but we don't understand the magnitude of what this meant for the people of Israel as they expected the Messiah. How did Jesus' death prove he was the king everyone was waiting for?
In Christ’s earthly ministry, the Jewish people were expecting him to raise an army like any earthly kind would in order to resuscitate the Davidic kingdom (e.g., John 6:15). But what Jesus did was radically different.